This week has seen the first in our series of forums being held across the district where people have the chance to come along and people to talk to the council and to each other about issues in their communities.
The meetings started at Chew Valley on Tuesday and Somer Valley forum on Thursday where we were able to discuss the issues facing the authority over the coming months, in particular around the budget and the pressures which the council faces and the ways we plan to address this.
I would encourage you to attend the forums in your area and find out about the ways we all need to work together to build connected and resilient communities. Details about the forums can be found here http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/services/neighbourhoods-and-community-safety/localism-and-community-planning
This week has seen the end of the consultation on a Clean Air Zone for Bath. More than 8,000 have filled in the questionnaire and hundreds have come along to a series of events to find out about the proposal. I would like to thank everyone for taking part and to assure you that your views will be carefully considered.
There are a number of other consultations which are still running namely the Bath and North East Somerset Local Plan, the Joint Spatial Plan and the Joint Transport Study. In a nutshell these are equally important consultations because each of these plans will shape the way future housing developments, roads and planning will be determined until 2036.
You can find out about it here http://www.bathnes.gov.uk/latestnews/still-time-have-your-say-local-plan and you have until January 7 2019 to get involved, please do.
Earlier this week I was pleased to attend the Bath Business Awards, which celebrated success across the district and demonstrated how vibrant our business community is, congratulations to all those who picked up awards.
Congratulations also go to everyone who took part in Bath Operatic Society’s 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal last Saturday. I was genuinely blown away by the quality and standard of the performance, it was great entertainment and credit needs to go to the volunteers who give up their time to put on a show which could rival any professional performance.